How to Faux Paint – If you’d like to paint some of your rooms, but find just flat paint kind of blah, then try one of the faux paint techniques that use a base paint, and a second application that applies a blend of the base (or other color paint) plus glaze.
Faux paint techniques can add false texture and depth to the appearance of a wall, and they’re relatively simple to accomplish. Check at your local paint store for brands, and accompanying glazes. Their recommendations for blending may vary, but tend to be in the one part paint to four part glaze ratio, or a little more glaze for a thinner “effect”.
Something that is recommended with faux painting, is that you practice the technique you choose on a painted board or other surface first. This gives you a chance to perfect the method, or to choose another if you want.
A favorite way of applying the faux layer, is done with sponges, much like paintings you did in kindergarten. Start with a base coat of satin or semi-gloss enamel, and let it dry completely. A good example would be using the color peach for the bathroom. Set aside a small amount in case you need to touch up the base, and some of the rest can be used for the sponge technique. Lighten the peach paint, by blending in some white, prior to mixing it with your glaze.
This can also be done with the darker paint on a lighter shade, but that requires that you split your base paint up, and mix enough in the lighter shade to paint all the walls being done.
Take a sea sponge, wet it well and wring it out. Dip it in a tray of the paint/glaze mix and pat or dab onto the wall, working in small areas until you get the effect you want. Try not to squeeze the sponge as you work, because that will put too much paint onto the surface at once. Exerting too much pressure will also make the application more concentrated.
Refresh the paint as your blotting becomes too pale or thin. Work along the wall, or in an up/down motion as you wish, and blot over the edges as you work from one area to the next.